Graduate Engagement Programme

Take your young people on an inspiring adventure

Graduate Engagement Programme

Take your young people on the trip of a lifetime with African Adventures’ Graduate Engagement Programme!

Designed for youth organisations that are looking to inspire their young people, African Adventures’ Graduate Engagement Programme gives you a choice of three 10-day trips to Ghana, Kenya or Zanzibar. You and your young people will spend one week helping to teach in schools, build new classrooms or coach sports, before wrapping up your trip with an unforgettable adventure weekend. 

Your young people will learn about a fascinating new culture whilst working together to make a meaningful difference at their partner school. They’ll return home as better global citizens with memories to treasure.

Our team of friendly, experienced staff are with you from start to finish. In the UK, we’ll help launch your trip to your young people and get everyone ready for travel, before handing over to our expert in-country teams who will look after you from the moment you arrive in Africa, until you come home.

What’s more, for every 10 young people who travel, we’ll give you one free staff place. Get in touch today to get started!

Youth Fed’s 2019 African Adventure in Ghana  (© Youth Fed)

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Trip Package

What’s included?

Virtually everything you need is included in your trip package:

  • Free staff place with every 10 volunteers
  • Dedicated UK Trip Co-ordinator
  • Launch presentation and pre-departure meeting
  • Fundraising support
  • Access to our online portal, My African Adventure, for trip information, travel advice, payments and planning
  • Travel insurance
  • Financial protection under the ATOL scheme
  • African Adventures t-shirt
  • Visa application support
When You Travel
  • Return flights from London Heathrow*
  • Return airport transfers in-country and daily transport
  • Dedicated in-country Trip Host
  • Single-sex, shared accommodation
  • Three meals per day (except adventure days)
  • Planned project work
  • Adventure tour (as per above)
  • 24-hour support in the event of an emergency
  • Cultural events and activities
  • Project development contribution

What’s not included?

Very little, actually.

  • UK medical expenses – any vaccinations or antimalarial tablets
  • Visa fee (£30-£60, subject to destination)
  • DBS check for over 18s
During your trip
  • Drinks

*Flights from regional airports (Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Brmingham) cost £50 extra per person

Trip Options



Ghana is a vibrant, beautiful country with friendly people, stunning landscapes and unspoilt beaches. Dancing and drumming are central to the way of life, and you are never far from a beating drum.

Graduate Engagement Programme - Ghana

If you are looking to experience vibrant and rural West Africa, we think Ghana is the destination for you.

In the rural Volta region, the main industries are agriculture and fishing, and many children work alongside their parents to bring in an income instead of receiving an education. We are working with our partner schools to improve their facilities and encourage more children to attend school from an earlier age.

Graduate Engagement Programme - Volta Adventure Weekend, Ghana

Included in your trip is a chance to experience Ghana’s wild side. You will visit a protected monkey sanctuary and take a trip to the stunning Wli Falls, before staying overnight in a beautiful lodge.



Kenya is a country of real contrasts, with breathtaking scenery, incredible wildlife, and a popular tourism industry on one hand, and extreme poverty on the other.

Graduate Engagement Programme - Kenya

If you are looking to experience an urban part of Africa, where real development is taking place, Kenya is your destination.

We work in Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth largest city, where small-scale agriculture, manufacturing and tourism are the backbone of the economy. In the communities where we focus our work, the cost of an education is out of reach for many, so we work with schools that have been set up by local people to give children the chance of a better future.

Graduate Engagement Programme - Rift Valley Adventure Day, Kenya

Included in your trip is our activity-packed Rift Valley Adventure Day, which includes a safari drive through Lake Nakuru National Park, a hike down Thomson Falls, and a visit to the Equator.



Zanzibar, an archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, is world famous among travellers and tourists for its white sandy beaches and historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Graduate Engagement Programme - Zanzibar

If you are looking for a taste of island life, coupled with impactful volunteering, historic Zanzibar is the place for you.

Known as the ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar is alive with incredible smells and sounds. However, behind the idyllic scenery lies a different story. Life can be very difficult for a large percentage of the population, and overcrowding in schools poses a serious educational challenge. We show you the realities of life for many people on this beautiful island.

Graduate Engagement Programme - Ocean Safari, Zanzibar

Included in your trip is the chance to explore the paradise waters and pristine beaches of this beautiful island, and try some of the freshest seafood imaginable, on our Ocean Safari.

Five Reasons To Join

We offer an exciting and rewarding way to keep your young people engaged, enabling them to continue their journey with you. African Adventures’ Graduate Engagement Programme is a perfect opportunity for anybody with the desire to travel and motivation to make a difference.

Your young people will return home as more mature, well-rounded individuals ready to take their next steps in life.

We make your trip as easy to organise as possible. Our friendly recruitment team will help you launch your trip to your young people, and you’ll be looked after by one of our expert Trip Co-ordinators in the months leading up to your departure. Our online platform – My African Adventure – holds all the tools and resources you and your young people need to prepare for the journey ahead.

As soon as you arrive in Africa, you’ll be met by our friendly team of staff who will be with you until it’s time to come home.

We’ve got more than 10 years’ experience in organising trips, and have delivered safe, meaningful volunteer experiences for over 6,000 people.

Safety is our number one priority, and our operation is governed by our comprehensive Safety Management System.

Hop over to our Accreditations page, and you’ll see that we’re ATOL protected, an ABTA member, hold the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge and supported by Pharos.

African Adventures is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, which aligns our work to the UN Sustainable Development Goals – the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. We are committed to driving 15 of the 17 Goals – related to people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership – giving our work real focus and meaning.


Quite simply, we guarantee that you won’t find the same opportunity for less. Our trip packages include everything you need, and our fundraising resources and support tools make financing them as simple as possible. For every 10 young people participating, you’ll also receive one free staff place.

Frequently Asked Questions

If the trip is cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak, you will receive a full refund of your trip costs from African Adventures, so you can book with confidence.

If a volunteer falls unwell on one of our trips, including with suspected Coronavirus, the cost of medical treatment and, if required, repatriation is covered under the personal travel insurance policy included in the cost of your place.

Your grads will finish the programme with:

  •  Better money-management skills, having had to budget, plan and fundraise their trip costs.
  •  A deeper understanding of global issues and challenges to development.
  • Experience of a significantly different culture, and the flexibility to adjust to a different way of life.
  • An enhanced ability to work as part of a team to achieve a common goal.
  • A greater ability to improvise and demonstrate resilience, whether in a classroom environment, or whilst working towards project construction goals.

Our Graduate Engagement Programme is an incredible tool to help you maintain engagement with your young people once your own programme has finished. You will be able to demonstrate a clear commitment to youth development in the UK and Africa, and your organisation will return with great visual content that can be used to help drive future recruitment to your own programme.

Trip dates for 2022 are yet to be confirmed, but the sooner you have your group registered, the sooner you can get started.

Participating in the trip means that every individual is responsible for their trip costs, so they must take ownership of their fundraising plan. African Adventures provides ongoing support but is not responsible for individual volunteers’ fundraising.

We have lots of brilliant fundraising tools to use to help volunteers raise the money they need. In 2019, 41% of our volunteers fundraised 50% or more of their trip costs.

The best way to approach fundraising is to split the total amount into monthly targets, and split that smaller target between personal savings, part-time work, individual fundraising events and group fundraising events.

If a volunteer wishes to cancel their place, they can do so at any time. Their deposit (£195) is non-refundable and there are incremental cancellation fees if a volunteer cancels 150 days or less prior to departure.

We run our Graduate Engagement Programme for young people aged 15+.

No; African Adventures is a social enterprise. Our volunteers carry out fundraising to cover their trip costs – this is an important part of the African Adventures experience. The money that volunteers raise funds all aspects of their trip, such as flights, accommodation and adventure activities. As this money is not raised for a charity, volunteers should use crowdfunding webpages (e.g. FundMyTravel), rather than charity pages such as Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving.

Some volunteers choose to fundraise for our charitable arm, African Adventures Foundation, on their return from Africa. Because African Adventures Ltd. covers the running costs, African Adventures Foundation is able to ensure that 100% of the money donated is sent to where it is needed most, meaning that real impact can be made. Visit for more information.

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